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#IUxSUGA collab tops charts with ‘Eight’ — a song about goodbyes and keeping memories alive

When IU announced her upcoming digital single featuring SUGA of BTS, the two fandoms, UAENAs and ARMYs, unite for what they call “collab of the year”. And after a week of teasers that kept the hashtag #IUxSUGA trending on social media, the highly-anticipated collaboration of the two is finally here!

On May 6, IU released “Eight”, her next installment in her series of songs about her age. According to the album description, IU shared that Eight expresses her feelings about her twenty eight year. Both IU and SUGA worked on the composition and lyrics of the song. It features a rap verse by SUGA who is also credited as producer of the song.

IU and BTS are always chart toppers in South Korean music platforms and both dominate the record of having the Highest Unique Listeners in the 1st Hour in MelOn history. So it’s not surprising for fans that IU and SUGA’s collab quickly topped the charts.




While the song has an upbeat vibe, many feel the sadness in its lyrics that dwell on parting ways, goodbyes, and keeping the memories alive.

Just like how IU described the song in the album description, Suga’s (or Min Yoongi) rap verse talks about longing for an “island” where there’s freedom and no sadness.


The music video for “Eight” features a futuristic setting where IU is seen in a lab and then gets transported into different worlds, both live-action and animated, as she goes through her memories. The videos matches the nostalgic and bittersweet feel of the song — and if there’s one thing that captured the hearts of the fans, it’s how the lyrics and the characters reminded them of Sulli and Jonghyun, IU’s close friends who reportedly died by suicide.


Fans think that the song might be dedicated to them and about how IU has been dealing with their sudden deaths. With lyrics like “So are you happy now? Finally happy now”, “Everything comes at will and leaves without saying goodbye”, and “I’ll see you in this memory forever”, IU seems to be wishing that they’re finally happy in a place where they can be free and assuring that she’ll always keep them in her memories.




Just like what Jang Man Wol said (IU’s character in Hotel del Luna”: “It’s beautiful, it makes me a little sad.” Watch the official music video below:

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